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Eclectic neo-soul shouter Jamie Lidell's new record is called Compass. Hadley Hudson hide caption

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Jamie Lidell; credit: Hadley Hudson

Eclectic neo-soul shouter Jamie Lidell's new record is called Compass.

Hadley Hudson

Set List

  • "The Ring"
  • "Karma Chameleon"
  • "Compass"

British musician Jamie Lidell first gained recognition as a glitchy techno artist — solo and with Super_Collider — but on 2005's Multiply, he began incorporating soul-inspired vocals. When he dropped Jim, Lidell had fully emerged as a neo-soul revivalist. His high-energy soul-shouting is, however, no simple throwback — Lidell's romps are clearly informed by his past in quirky electronica.

With Compass, Lidell takes a more collaborative approach. The new record features a full band with guests (Leslie Feist and Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor), but the most prominent of his musical partners was Beck, who produced the album and co-wrote "Karma Chameleon." Compass is a snapshot of an artist in flux, and Lidell's variable approach to music is perhaps his most intriguing aspect.

In an interview with David Dye, Lidell outlines his journey through musical eclecticism and details the intensity of working and writing with Beck. He's joined by a handful of multi-talented musicians for an in-studio session.

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